Anthony R. Taylor is an equity partner of the firm. He currently serves as City Attorney for South El Monte. Mr. Taylor also previously served as the City Attorney of Suisun City for over 10 years and as the City Attorney of Cypress for six years. He was named 2015 California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year in the category of Municipal Law. His experience includes matters involving First Amendment litigation and advisory work, professional negligence, municipal tort liability, contracts, civil rights, Anti-SLAPP motions, code enforcement, environmental law, land use, HOA law, employment law, writ of mandate actions and Native American issues.
Mr. Taylor’s litigation experience includes drafting various briefs and petitions for appellate matters before the Ninth Circuit, California Supreme Court and arguing matters before the California Court of Appeal. Representative work includes multiple published opinions including: Nicolopulos v. City of Lawndale (2001) 91 Cal. App. 4th 1221 (where the Court of Appeal upheld the City of Lawndale’s removal of their City Clerk after the City Council removed the Clerk for failing to reside in the City), Carson Gardens, LLC v. City of Carson Mobilehome Park Rental Review Board (2006) 135 Cal. App. 4th 856 (which reversed the trial court’s award of a specific rent increase to the petitioner after a writ of mandate proceeding), and Carson Redevelopment Agency v. Padilla (2006) 140 Cal. App. 4th 1323 (where the Carson Redevelopment Agency prevailed under Government Code § 1090, the State conflict-of-interest statute, in a matter involving a $850,000 housing subsidy agreement).
Likewise, Mr. Taylor has jury and bench trial experience including Rand v. Carson Redevelopment Agency, Case No. CV 03-1913 GPS (PJWx), a jury trial in the United States District Court in January of 2005, for a $25 million claim by a developer for the alleged violation of his rights to equal protection under a “class of one” theory.
During 2011 to 2014, Mr. Taylor was lead civil litigation counsel for the recovery effort for the City of Bell after their corruption scandal. Mr. Taylor argued precedent setting appeals for the City including People ex rel. Harris v. Rizzo (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 921 (allowing recovery against former city officials after Attorney General’s lawsuit was dismissed by the trial court) and City of Bell v. Superior Court (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 236 (holding that Robert Rizzo was not entitled to payment of his legal fees for his defense of criminal and civil litigation against him under his contract with the City).
Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Taylor was lead litigation counsel for the City of Fresno in the Fulton Mall CEQA litigation, which challenged the $18 Million federal grant to develop a downtown main street in Fresno. The City prevailed both in the trial court and Court of Appeal in that case.
Mr. Taylor was named a “Rising Star” from 2006-2013 and 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine. From 2011 through 2013 he was named one of Orange County’s Top Attorneys by OC Metro Magazine. Mr. Taylor also served as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Mr. Taylor graduated with a B.S. from the University of Southern California, summa cum laude and class valedictorian of the School of Public Administration in 1997. Continuing at USC, he received his J.D. from USC Law School in 2000. There, Mr. Taylor was a quarterfinalist in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Mr. Taylor also served as a teaching assistant to Dean Geoffrey Cowan of the Annenberg School for Communication where he instructed undergraduate sections in free speech and media law and as a teaching assistant to Professor Susan Estrich’s undergraduate election law class.
- Employment Law, Affordable Care Act, National Business Institute, 2014
- Litigation Skills For Professionals, Lorman, 2012-2014
- Handling the Police Liability Claim, National Business Institute, 2012 and 2014
- California Environmental Quality Act Workshop, Law Seminars International, 2010